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September 24, 2006

Poor America

Follow-up to Europe are proving me wrong… from aj's blog

Well, it’s all over, and ‘thrashed’ and ‘destroyed’ spring to mind. Not all my predictions were spot on, but to my amazement we beat them by even a bigger margin than my original guess.

C Montgomerie vs D Toms – Correct.
S Garcia vs S Cink – Wrong, USA won.
P Casey vs J Furyk – Wrong, Europe won.
R Karlsson vs T Woods – Wrong, USA won.
L Donald vs C Campbell – Wrong, Europe won.
P McGinley vs JJ Henry – Wrong, match halved.
D Clarke vs Z Johnson – Wrong, Europe won.
H Stenson vs V Taylor – Wrong, Europe won.
D Howell vs B Wetterich – Correct.
JM Olazabel vs P Mickelson – Wrong, Europe won.
L Westwood vs C DiMarco – Wrong, Europe won.
P Harrington vs S Verplank – Wrong, USA won.

2 correct, 10 wrong. Impressive I must admit. The players I expected to perform for the USA (Furyk, Mickelson, DiMarco, Johnson) all lost their matches. The players I predicted to perform for Europe (Garcia, McGinley, Harrington) didn’t. The matches I predicted halves in weren’t halved. In fact, the only two got correct were Monty and Howell, and to be honest, I’m glad, as it meant we won by a margin 4 greater than even my optimistic prediction suggested.

Roll on Louisville, Kentucky.

Europe are proving me wrong…

Follow-up to My Ryder Cup Predictions from aj's blog

Well well, if there’s ever a time I wanted to be wrong, it’s now.

Europe do appear to be demolishing the USA at present, meaning most of my predicted USA victories aren’t quite turning out right.

Monty is looking good, but I was pretty wrong about Garcia beating Cink and Furyk beating Casey, still 7-8 holes to go though.

Karlsson/Woods and Donald/Campbell are close as I predicted, but in addition to my predicted Europe victories Clarke is beating Johnson, and Westwood has taken a strong 3 UP lead after only 4 holes. Olazabel has a slim lead over Mickelson too, this is looking very comfortable for Europe so far, we’ll see what happens in a few hours time.

My Ryder Cup Predictions

Well, Europe are in a pretty strong position coming into the final day, but worryingly, the same position we were in 99, when we lost.

We’ll see tonight how many of my singles predictions are close and how many I guess right. Here goes:

C Montgomerie vs D Toms
S Garcia vs S Cink
P Casey vs J Furyk
R Karlsson vs T Woods
L Donald vs C Campbell
P McGinley vs JJ Henry
D Clarke vs Z Johnson
H Stenson vs V Taylor
D Howell vs B Wetterich
JM Olazabel vs P Mickelson
L Westwood vs C DiMarco
P Harrington vs S Verplank

(where both players are in bold, match halved)

In summary,

5 European Wins for: Montgomerie, Garcia, McGinley, Howell and Harrington.
4 American Wins for: Furyk, Johnson, Mickelson and DiMarco.
3 matches halved: Karlsson/Woods, Donald/Campbell and Stenson/Taylor.

Which by my calculations should make the final score:

Europe 16.5, USA 11.5. – Lets hope so.

May 20, 2006

Electronic Sports World Cup 2006

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Well, all things going well it would seem I'm representing the UK at this year's Electronic Sports World Cup at Gran Turismo 4 in Paris.

The UK doesn't have a national qualifier like many of the other countries on the list hence after a short application/selection process, autoberth slot #7 is mine. 32 players, with the Top 8 winning at least $2,000 (£1,100), while the winner scoops a cool $13,000 (£7,000).

The downsides so far… the timing. The whole competition is a 5 day event in Paris between the the 28th June and the 2nd July, meaning I have only 13 days to practice after the end of my exams. As my newly formed GT4 Gallery might suggest, I've already started practicing, perhaps unwisely, but if I want to stand any chance of getting in the top 8, I need as much time as possible. The rules are out, meaning I know what cars and tracks are available, so it's just a matter of finding out which tyre strategy is best, and then getting insanely consistent.

As luck would have it, my GT4 disk is rather scratched, meaning only a handful of the circuits load at the moment (until I get it de–scratchified), so most of my practice has been round El Capitan in the Supra (as seen right). The Nurburgring is just such a demanding circuit (6mins 45 a lap, 3 laps) that it might very well eat most of my practice time, so I've been taking the slightly slower Peugeot 206 round the track to get used to it. After a few laps it became clear that breaking the magic 10 minute barrier was possible, and on my 5th lap, (50 minutes of racing) I got 9:59:514, what a relief. It took a fair bit of thrashing and "moments" involving car on barrier action, but I got there.

It really is going to take all of my restraint not to keep practicing, but I know revision must come first, roll on "Data Structures and Algorithms" on June 14th…

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